This dictionary of container terms gives the definition of some common jargon pertaining to shipping containers.



ACEP: Automatic Continuous Examination Programme


AS-IS: This condition should alert the buyer that there may be damage to the container that could be expensive to repair.

CW / Cargo Worthy

CW / Cargo Worthy: This quality of container can be used in containerized export shipments. Cargo worthy containers must meet standards of structural strength and be wind and water tight. Containers meeting IICL 5 standards generally are of a better quality than containers showing as just cargo worthy


CSC: International Convention for Safe Containers (1972), the international agreement for maintaining containers in safe condition, and of the Harmonized Interpretation of the CSC with the International Maritime Organization.

CSC Plate

CSC Plate: Approval of individual containers may be granted where the Administration, after examination and witnessing of tests, is satisfied that the container meets the requirements of the present Convention; the Administration, when so satisfied, shall notify the applicant in writing of approval and this notification shall entitle him to affix the Safety Approval Plate to such container.

DV / Dry Van

DV / Dry Van: Standard containers simply called Dry Van.


DPP: Damage Protection Plan,  Full-cover insurance offered by the lessor against damage based on certain general conditions


EIR:Equipment Interchange Receipt

FR or F/R

FR or F/R: Flat Rack Container


FOT: Free on truck.

HC / High-Cube / Hi-Cube

HC / High-Cube / Hi-Cube: Refers to "high-cube" containers that are 9 feet 6 inches high (9'6" / 2.8956 meters) 


IMO: International Maritime Organization


ISO: International Organization for Standardization 


ICS: International Chamber of Shipping 


IICL: Institute of International Container Lessors 


IICL-5: IICL Guide for Container Equipment Inpsection 


MGW: Maximum Gross Weight

OT or O/T

OT or O/T: Open Top Container 


OS: Open Side (curtain side) Container


PES: Periodic Examination System

Single Use or One Way

Single Use or One Way: Containers are loaded with cargo at the point of origin and then used 'one way' to the delivery location. Upon arrival containers are emptied and then returned according to the delivery instructions..


SOC: SOC is a Shippers Own Container i.e. you as the shipper own the container rather than using one of the shipping company's containers


MGW: Maximum Gross Weight

WWT or Wind/Water Tight

WWT or Wind/Water Tight: This conditional information indicates that the container is dry and suitable for storage. Repair standard that is less stringent than the cargo-worthy standard, but still complies with ISO, CSC, etc.


Warranty: Used containers are normally sold without a warranty. The best protection for a buyer is to purchase containers from a reputable supplier. Gateway is a quality supplier with a total commitment to customer service. If you have questions or concerns we will handle the matter to your satisfaction.


YOM: Year of Manufacture


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